"When I relocated to Miami in 2016, I noticed a lack of spotlight on young, emerging artists living and working in the city. Aside from Art Basel - the 5-day Miami Beach art world extravaganza - hardly any attention was being paid to artists there, let alone young, emerging ones. I felt they deserved more, so in November of 2016, I pitched a story to i-D Magazine that would highlight the next generation of artists making a positive impact on our city. In December of 2016, the concept was green-lit and I began to photograph a series on these artists. That assignment birthed a body of work that is ongoing to this day.
With the series I argue that if the future is youth, then the young artists of today deserve a spotlight. I use intimate, often unedited light to photograph portraits in an honest way; I aim to make images that are documents of not only the now, but also radical propositions for the future. With every picture I want to ask: "what will the future look like?" and, in the same breath, provide an answer to those who, in 20 or 30 years from now, might look back and ask: "what was it like to be an artist in 2018? What did it mean to emerge and engage with the world back then?“
Since publishing my first emerging artist story, I've photographed portraits of young creatives from Chicago to New York, Tokyo to Los Angeles and for publications from The New York Times to i-D and Time Out to Dazed. No matter the portrait, I use my camera as a tool and hope to make photographs that build a community."
Joshua Aronson (b. 1994) is a Brooklyn based photographer originally from Miami Beach. He started making photographs in 2013. In 2017, at the age of 23, became one of the youngest photographers to publish work in both The New York Times and T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
He earned a B.A. in Philosophy at Northwestern University and has contributed to publications including Dazed and i-D.